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Bright sparks shortlisted to tackle Australia’s traffic congestion

Bright sparks shortlisted to tackle Australia’s traffic congestion A ridesharing app, designated car spaces, commuter matchmaking and business networking opportunities are some of the creative carpooling ideas in the running for the $15,000 Banksia Ignite Enabler challenge. The Banksia Foundation, together with Transurban, has announced the shortlist for the inaugural Banksia Ignite Enabler challenge, which aims to generate crowd-sourced solutions to some of corporate Australia’s biggest sustainability issues. Transurban partnered in the initiative as a means of stimulating new carpooling ideas to ease traffic congestion. The organisation will reveal the winner at the Banksia Sustainability Awards in Melbourne on 29...
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Lord Howe Island biodiversity program wins Australia’s foremost sustainability award

Lord Howe Island biodiversity program wins Australia’s foremost sustainability award A comprehensive effort to protect, and in some cases re-establish, some of the world’s rare and endangered species, has won the top prize in the prestigious Banksia Sustainability Awards. The Lord Howe Island Board’s project, Protecting Paradise, won the 2018 Banksia Gold Award, which recognises the “best of the best” of all category winners, at a ceremony in Melbourne. “The Banksia judges admired the way sustainability underpinned all the decisions made by the Lord Howe Island Board in managing the World Heritage-listed island,” says Banksia Foundation CEO Graz van Egmond....
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2018 Banksia Sustainability Award finalists announced, global goals showcased

2018 Banksia Sustainability Award finalists announced, global goals showcased Marine protection, sharing economies, green buildings, Indigenous employment and climate action feature strongly in this year’s crop of Banksia Sustainability Awards finalists.   The Banksia Foundation today announced the shortlist for the awards, which spans 10 categories and celebrates businesses, communities, individuals and governments that are driving change.   The finalists include: An Indigenous enterprise giving unwanted office furniture a new life Beer drinkers raising funds for the protection of the Great Barrier Reef A film sharing the plight of our oceans with a global audience An online platform supporting collaboration...
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Welcome to Banksia’s 30th Anniversary

Welcome to Banksia’s 30th Anniversary The first Banksia Awards Program stated our purpose in presenting the awards “to support, foster and inspire people to adopt a lifestyle that makes careful, sensitive and environmentally sound use of the earth’s natural resources” 30 years onwards the Banksia Awards will support, foster and inspire people under the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Our world has changed dramatically in 30 years and our understanding of a better future for the whole world has extended significantly from just protecting the earth’s natural resources. Our concept of good business practice, responsible leadership, innovative development and social responsibility...
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War on Waste wins Australia’s foremost sustainability award

War on Waste wins Australia’s foremost sustainability award War on Waste has won the highest Banksia Sustainability honour in Australia, the Gold Banksia Sustainability Award which recognises the ‘best of the best’ of all Banksia Sustainability award winners in 2017. The Banksia judges said that the ABC TV series, produced by KEO Films Australia, “created a groundswell of interest that soon turned to a tidal wave of action. It designed an innovative, winning formula that combined a credible yet relatable host that presented the facts in a way that made the issues feel real, relatable, and local to the viewers”....
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39 award-worthy sustainability ideas announced

Finalists have been announced for the 2017 Banksia Sustainability Awards, the world’s longest running and most prestigious Australian sustainability awards covering 11 categories from Large Business Sustainability through to Sustainable Cities and Indigenous Leadership. Banksia Foundation CEO Graz van Egmond said. “The judges were delighted to review such diverse and disruptive thinking high-quality projects.” “This year has been challenging yet exciting to judge a wide range of extremely competitive entrants, but we were able to narrow down the list to 39 finalists across 11 categories.” Entrants were nominated for a range of topics from socially and environmentally sound furniture (Winya)...
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Banksia welcomes new Chair- Professor Kate Auty

Banksia welcomes new Chair- Professor Kate Auty Banksia would like to express a warm welcome to our new Chair – Professor Kate Auty, in joining our team. Professor Auty joins Banksia on the eve of our 30th Anniversary. We are really looking forward to Professor Auty’s experience and leadership in building on Banksia’s legacy towards our next 30 years. ‘Banksia Foundation’s reputation as Australia’s preeminent environmental awards program over the past 30 years has been a testament to the links its CEO and Board have developed with the business, government and community sectors. Like all innovators, the Foundation recognises the...
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An Insight into Banksia Judging from our Chair Judge Geoff Mabbett

An Insight into Banksia Judging from our Chair Judge Geoff Mabbett Australia is on the Sustainability Path. How do I know this? As Chair of the Banksia Judging Audit Panel I am witness to the best Australia has to offer in sustainability innovations and improvements.  And each year I have seen the value that this significant reward and recognition platform that is the Banksia’s has provided to participants for the past 29 years. And what many may not know is what goes on within the Banksia judging process to create the transparency and thoroughness that the Awards’ judging process has become....
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